Magpie-Lark playing with cars

To: Nick Payne <>, Canberra Birds <>
Subject: Magpie-Lark playing with cars
From: kevingwenyth <>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2022 01:49:28 +0000
A while ago we had a female magpie-lark daily pecking at herself in our front windows, mostly flying up to the higher level.  Meanwhile she left a trail of droppings on the window sill!  This went on for weeks and then suddenly stopped. 

We had the same experience some time earlier at an ecohut on our son's farm south of Gundagai. Only that time it was a male magpie-lark.

Gwenyth Bray 

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-------- Original message --------
From: Nick Payne via Canberrabirds <>
Date: 7/7/22 2:32 pm (GMT+10:00)
To: Canberra Birds <>
Subject: [Canberrabirds] Magpie-Lark playing with cars

I have several times now observed a Magpie-Lark playing with cars at the
intersection of La Perouse St and Flinders Way in Griffith. The bird
perches on the roof of a stationary vehicle that is waiting at the stop
sign on La Perouse to turn left or right into Flinders Way. When the
vehicle moves off, the Magpie-Lark launches off the roof, flies
alongside the car making a few darts at its reflection in the side
windows, and when the car has travelled ten or fifteen metres from the
intersection, the bird leaves it and returns to the intersection where,
if there is another car waiting at the stop sign, it alights on the car
roof and then repeats the performance.

I first observed this behaviour several weeks ago, and have seen it
three or four times since then, the most recent occurrence being this

Nick Payne

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